My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
I do my best to help my students find success.

March 25, 2016

Learner Supports #SOL16 25/31

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My husband, Jeff, comes from a long line of teachers:  both of his grandmothers, his great-grandfather, his mother, and his sister.

Jeff works as a management consultant.  His forte is food and beverage distribution.  While working with a client, he realized that the warehouse managers were having trouble visualizing product movement.

As a consultant, Jeff is there to help the client improve their business operations and bottom line.  He is there to make his clients successful.  To make them successful, sometimes it takes some specialized tools.

Imagine my surprise when the coffee table was covered with a mini warehouse one evening.

"Did you get my nephews a new toy?"  I asked.

"Nope.  The warehouse guys needed to see and touch the warehouse.  They don't get it," replied Jeff.

He had ordered a forklift, a worker, pallets, boxes and a telehandler in miniature.

"This is way too CUTE!" I exclaimed.  "You a such a teacher!  It's manipulatives for your kinesthetic learners!

"It's important for them to figure out how to scan a pallet full of mixed products.  They need to see it.  It's not cute, it's a tool!" was his answer, with a smile.  (He is one goofy guy!)

Jeff spent a few hours that week creating slip sheets from paper, cutting a variety of boxes from wood and painting them different colors.  This was all to help his client visualize and better solve their issues.

Today we visited his office and I had to snap a picture and tell the story of his miniature warehouse.  I'm glad my husband is willing to get (cute!) tools and help his clients be successful.


  1. That is fantastic! I love that he came up with toys for his workers to play with! :) Genius!

  2. What a great idea - teaching does flow into other professionals, naturally.

  3. Wow, I am so impressed with Jeff!! Great cook, great guy and now a great teacher! Also, when it is time, I'll be waiting!!!!

  4. Hmmm ... who would have thought?!? I say, brilliant idea! And, yes, it's a CUTE tool!

  5. What a great teacher Jeff is! I love that he created these tools in miniature to teach his lesson! Great slice!!

  6. Some of can visualize, which others need to actually see. Jeff did a great job helping his client to see and in his own teaching his client. Kudos to Jeff